Name: Joe Chia
Occupation: Founder and designer of Joe Chia
How he got started: A graduate of Raffles Design Institute, Chia launched his eponymous fashion label 2012 with a focus on juxtaposing classicism with experimental silhouettes. Catered for both men and women, his clothes are gender-fluid and come in seven sizes from XS women to XL men. To date, he has presented his collections in many cities across the globe, from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Milan and Madrid. The brand is now stocked in 17 countries across Asia, Europe, America and the Middle East.
Notable achievements: Asia’s Most Influential Designer during Malaysia Fashion Week 2014. Chia has collaborated with major brands including Uniqlo, Honda, Sony, L’Oreal, Shu Uemura, G-Shock, and most recently, Reebok.
A quote to sum it all up: “How the audience feels about our clothes is more important to us. We try to improve season after season, so we don't really think about what our collection represents in a broader concept. But our aesthetic and core values remain rooted in every collection. At the end of the day, I hope the audience would tell us what they think about the collection, instead of me telling them what my vision is.”